Schiphol Amsterdam Opens World's First Airport Library

This fantastic addition to this already fairly tricked-out airport, made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Education, has been in the works since 2006. At the world's first permanent airport library, you'll be able to browse Dutch music, read Dutch books (translated into 29 languages), page through fabulous collections of Dutch art and design and play around on nine in-house iPads. The library is just under 300 square feet and is open 24/7.

No, you can't borrow anything. Can you just imagine the Dutch librarians chasing you down across the world? As if.

Doesn't this make you want to connect through Amsterdam on your next European excursion? What a brilliant idea.

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The first airport library, a branch library reading room of the public library, was established in Nashville, TN in 1962. I'm almost certain that they did circulate books.